Bill de Blasio is going back to Boston.
The 109th mayor of New York City, raised by the Red Sox-lovers, Massachusetts, will return to the Cambridge surroundings of his youth to serve as a visiting fellow at Harvard University, the school said Wednesday.
The role will include a two-term mayor who will make several visits to campus for seminars and events at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, According to the school.
De Blasio, a 61-year-old Democrat who left City Hall at the end of 2021, campaigned this summer to represent New York’s 10th congressional district, which covers the Brooklyn neighborhood of his home, Park Slope.
But last month he bowed out of the race bad polling numbers, and has been plotting his next move ever since. (He declined to disclose his choice to run for the House as he entered the Park Slope Armory polling place during early voting; Dan Goldman won the race,
When he dropped out of the race in July, de Blasio said, “Public service is what I want to do, and it can take all kinds of forms: non-profit and any number of good causes.”
“I’m going to see if that makes sense,” he told the Daily News then. “All I know is that this will not be electoral politics.”
At least for now, it seems that a spell in academia made sense for de Blasio.
“I am delighted to join the IOP to help inspire our nation’s next generation of leaders to find ways to serve in politics and public service, and to form a government that serves the working people,” he said in a statement. “
The Interim Director of the Political Institute, Setty Warren, expressed her happiness at bringing the former New York City mayor to Harvard’s Redbrick campus.
Warren, the former mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, said in a statement that de Blasio’s experience with local government and national political campaigns will “provide invaluable insight” to Harvard students.
“We are excited to welcome Mayor de Blasio to campus as we explore ways to move forward on the challenges facing our democracy,” Warren said in the statement.